Adem earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in secondary mathematics teaching at Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey. After teaching mathematics at the secondary level for two years there, Adem moved to the U.S. for his doctoral studies in mathematics education. He joined the research team at RUSMP right after earning his Ph.D. in mathematics education from the University of Texas at Austin in 2013.
Adem is dedicated to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and STEM teacher education. He taught several mathematics education courses at the college level. He has substantial knowledge of and experience in the UTeach program, a nationally recognized model for secondary science, technology, and mathematics teacher preparation program. His research interests focus on assessment of student learning of mathematics and science. His publications and conference presentations focus on professional development of mathematics teachers, analysis of large-scale mathematics assessments, and models and modeling in school mathematics. In addition, Adem brings to RUSMP his extensive quantitative research background including ANOVA, HLM, SEM, multiple regression, and categorical data analysis.
Adem has two boys, a girl, and a lovely wife, who teaches mathematics at Rice as well.
Corkin, D. M., Ekmekci, A., White, C., & Fisher, A. (2016). Teachersâ€™ self-efficacy and knowledge for the integration of technology in mathematics instruction at urban schools. In K. V. Adolphson & T. M. Olson (Eds.), Proceedings of the 43rd Annual Meeting of the Research Council on Mathematics Learning (pp. 101â€“108). Orlando, FL.
Corkin, D., Ekmekci, A., & Papakonstantinou, A. (2015). Antecedents of teachersâ€™ educational beliefs about mathematics and mathematical knowledge for teaching among in-service teachers in high poverty urban schools. The Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 40(9), 31â€“62.
Ekmekci, A., Corkin, D., & Papakonstantinou, A. (2015). The collective effects of teachers' educational beliefs and mathematical knowledge on students' mathematics achievement. In Bartell, T. G., Bieda, K. N., Putnam, R. T., Bradfield, K., & Dominguez, H. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 37th annual meeting of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, (pp. 884â€“887). East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University. Presentation slides.
Ekmekci, A., Corkin, D., & Papakonstantinou, A. (2015). The relationship between teacher related factors and mathematics teachersâ€™ educational beliefs about mathematics. In Che, S. M. and Adolphson, K. A. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Meeting of the Research Council on Mathematics Learning, (pp. 140â€“148). Las Vegas, NV.
Ekmekci, A. & Gulacar, O. (2015). A Case Study for Comparing the Effectiveness of a Computer Simulation and a Hands-On Activity on Learning Electric Circuits. Eurasia Journal of Mathematics, Science & Technology, 11(4), 765â€“775.
Papakonstantinou, A., Ekmekci, A., & Parr, R., (2014). Mathematics Teacher Leadership: A Sustainable Approach to Improve Mathematics Education. In Oesterle, S., Nicol, C., Liljedahl, P., & Allan, D. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 38th Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education and the 36th Conference of the North American Chapter of the Psychology of Mathematics Education, (Vol. 6), (p. 379). Vancouver, Canada: PME. Poster presentation.